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"Downton Abbey" is a drama series that airs on PBS in the U.S.

Downton Abbey's Granthams and their family of servants have already weathered scoundrels, scandals, and a momentous succession crisis. But by November, 1916, the Great War has rendered everything — and everyone — changed. Even Downton Abbey itself, like its residents, has risen to the call of duty and transformed.

At the war front, life intensifies for Downton's young men in the face of untold horrors. Meanwhile, at Downton,
"Downton Abbey" cast
Downton Abbey cast
war makes new and often unjust demands. Some rise to its call for a stiff upper lip and a useful turn, and others see change as an opportunity for either growth or exploitation. Far from the trenches, there remains no shortage of scheming, meddling, and dangerous attractions.

As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact. Maggie Smith ("David Copperfield," "Gosford Park"), Elizabeth McGovern ("A Room With A View"), Michelle Dockery ("Return to Cranford"), and Dan Stevens ("Sense and Sensibility") return with an all-star cast to season two of Julian Fellowes' Emmy Award winning drama.

Season 4

Season 4 of the international hit finds aristocrats coping with last season's shocking finale. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. The season includes the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and several new actors, including Paul Giamatti, Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Gary Carr. They will join Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, and the rest of the large and beloved Downton Abbey "family."

Season 5

Guest stars for the fifth season include Harriet Walter ("Atonement"), reprising her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan ("Death at a Funeral"), who returns as Lord Flintshire, together with completely new characters played by Richard E. Grant ("Girls"), Anna Chancellor ("The Hour"), and Rade Sherbedgia ("24").

Season 6

The year is 1925. Momentous changes threaten the great house, and its owners and its servants, while past scandals loom. The beloved ensemble is back for the farewell season, closing the book on a television legend.
"Downton Abbey" is a Carnival/Masterpiece co-production, written and created by Julian Fellowes. The directors are Brian Percival, Ben Bolt and Brian Kelly. The series producer is Liz Trubridge. The producer is Nigel Marchant. The executive producers are Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, and Rebecca Eaton. "Masterpiece" on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for the series is provided by public television viewers.

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Network: PBS
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 9, 2011
Seasons: 6
Production Companies:
Carnival Films

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